Chalet | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
A newly built, tastefully furnished chalet-style cottage, boasting one twin and one double bedroom as well as a spacious lounge - stocked with interesting books - the magnificently fitted kitchen/dining room and a bathroom with all conveniences.
Ideal for, say, a young family, the cottage also boasts a decked, verandah area to the south and west where guests may particularly enjoy sitting of an evening before one of our celebrated local sunsets.
In both units linen and towels are provided and the price is, of course, inclusive of full central heating and gas-cooking; electricity in the chalet, being a separate building, is metered. The facilities are well maintained and the Macleod's "welcome package" for all new arrivals includes fresh flowers and fruit, with the choice of tea and coffee and a selection from the day's home baking.
Oh, and - yes - Rhoda and Neil are delighted to welcome children and dogs are also welcomed by arrangement with a extra fee being charged.
Only half an hour's drive from Stornoway, a little over an hour from Tarbert, and - for the adventurous - a half-hour drive from the Butt of Lewis lighthouse, at the north-western extremity of Europe.
Stornoway has all shops and amenities for the visitor and South Shawbost all the peace, beauty and serenity of an ancient crofting township, from the scent of evening peatsmoke to the song and flutter of the birds for which these unspoiled islands are renowned.
There's a lovely sandy beach within an easy walk of Kabuis, spectacular cliff scenery, and quiet lochs hoaching with brown trout.
There are frequent, beautiful Atlantic sunsets and we're right in the middle of the "West Side Heritage Trail", an easy tour taking in the most famous monuments on Lewis, from the Arnol Black House - vacated only in 1964 - to the ancient, most mysterious Standing Stones of Callanish.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Stornoway|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Their Kabuis facilities are justly renowned for attention to detail - you'll marvel at the tasteful, contemporary décor, the high quality of fittings and finishes, the provision of every utensil, gadget, and comfort the Macleods could think of - and, of course, they are never far away if you need anything else.
In addition we have a Self Catering annexe, ideal for couples only, all can be seen on a virtual tour - at www.kabuis.co.uk , check this availability calendar as well, if Chalet in booked. This also boast a 4 star grading.
The facilities are well maintained and the Macleod's "welcome package" for all new arrivals includes fresh flowers and fruit, with the choice of tea and coffee and a selection from the day's home baking.
The Hebrides/Skye region
It's not widely known, but the landmass of Lewis and Harris - different communities divided for centuries by a mountain barrier, and still dubbed different isles - is the biggest offshore island in Britain, bigger even than Skye, Mull, Islay, or that matter the Isle of Man or the Isle of Wight. Strongly coloured by its Viking inheritance - most of the placenames in Lewis are Norse; you'll actually find more Gaelic place names in Fife - Lewis was the strongholds of MacLeod chiefs and MacLeod is still the commonest surname in the island.
The scenery of Lewis is rolling, eerie but subtly beautiful, especially when the sun shines down on the brindled moors between scudding clouds. Though not as treeless as people think, the acres of empty, mysterious heath extend everywhere. There is some spectacular cliff scenery and, especially up Broad Bay and down the West Side from Ness to Uig, there are some gorgeous sandy beaches and, here and there - like Shawbost - stretches of sandy sward, machair, where the lime-rich soil bears millions of lovely flowers on the long, long summer days.
25 South Shawbost is ideally placed for wider afternoon or daytrips round the island or even to Harris in the south - there is now an excellent two-lane road to Tarbert, not much more than an hour away. Don't miss, especially, a ploy to Ness and the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, or the splendid scenery of quiet, mountainous Uig.
There are famous local attractions near at hand - the Standing Stones of Callanish, and the Broch at Carloway - each has a visitor centre, open throughout the tourist season - and the restored Black House Village at Garenin, with a visitor-centre, working black house, and restaurant.
Not ten minutes drive to the north, do visit the Arnol Black House complex, and its adjoining visitor centre - this particular Black House was vacated by its family only in 1964, but some survived on Lewis, and even in Shawbost, into the 1980s. At Ballantrushal, there is a tall, faintly spooky Standing Stone whose origins and purpose are still obscure; a little further up the road, at Shader, is the Steinaclet steading, which predates even the Norsemen.
Stornoway is just half an hour or so from Shawbost and, as well as its famous natural harbour and a fascinating museum, boasts an excellent selection of shops as well as restaurants, galleries and exhibitions and all the amenities one would expect of the biggest town in the Hebrides and, indeed, anywhere on the west coast north of Fort William.
There are two large supermarkets - indeed, Stornoway's modern Co-op, opened in 1996 and enlarged a decade later, is their biggest in Scotland. Don't neglect traditional traders, though - Stornoway has several craftsman baking shops, and fresh fish and shellfish are easily had from excellent fishmongers. The town kippers and smoked mackerel are just praised, but probably the most famous delicacy is Stornoway black pudding, produced by several family butchers to traditional, jealously guarded recipes.
Don't leave the island, either, without buying some Harris Tweed - the traditional, homewoven island cloth of incredible wearing quality and subtle, rustic hues. To this day - and to win the coveted Orb mark that attests the fabric as Harris Tweed - it must be handwoven by islanders in their own homes, and tweed is still woven in Shawbost today.
There is an excellent local bus service, but please remember that virtually all local facilities are closed on Sundays and that the Lord's Day is still widely respected on our island and especially in Shawbost.
Isle of Lewis
There have been people here in Shawbost almost as long as there have been people. The remains of ancient settlements have been unearthed at nearby Dalmore and shards of pottery from the Beaker Folk are still regularly unearthed along the shore and even in the local cemetery at Bragar.
The original Shawbost community lived hard by the beach, where the mounds of their tumbled homes can still be seen by the lane from South Shawbost. As they exhausted the nearby stocks of peat - their only fuel - the village moved progressively inland. New Shawbost, for instance, was laid out by Sir James Matheson only in 1850 and, a century later, a street of new houses was built up the hill at Grinnavat, South Shawbost.
Some traditional wells are still in use and are said to have healing powers; the remains of a circle of standing stones can be explored by Loch Raoinavat, as you leave South Shawbost, and - a much better known attraction - an ancient "Norse Mill" has been beautifully restored since the Second World War, and is clearly signposted near that same loch. This mill, and others, were still operating as recently as the 1930s.
In the late 1960s the then-headmaster led the pupils of Shawbost School in gathering artefacts for a splendid folk museum, housed for many years in the old Church of Scotland building; a selection of these are now on permanent display at The Old School Centre - Ionad Seann Sgoil - where you can also relax in the lovely atrium over a cup of tea, or explore the community garden.
This new community centre, the original village primary school, was renovated to the highest standard and opened in September 2005. Its facilities also include a fitness suite and the new Shawbost School - across the road and opened in 1993 - includes a swimming pool, which is open to the public; an especially welcome facility for visitors with young families.
Other Shawbost attractions include the lovely, curving beach with its clean silver sands - there is road access from either end; here, almost as soon as he could toddle, Rhoda's war-hero father, Angus Murray, learned his seamanship in a traditional open boat, fishing for lobsters with his uncle, Murchadh Mollan. In a relatively sheltered, horseshoe-shaped cove, it is a safe and pleasant beach for swimming.
All Shawbost is dominated by A' Bheinn Mhor, "The Mountain" - residents of a nearby township sweetly persist in calling it "Ben Bragar" - which is also readily approached by the old waterworks road out of New Shawbost. It's an easy climb and there are wonderful views to the Minch, the Eye Peninsula, west to the Flannan Isles and south to the hills of Uig and Harris.
For the still more active, fine surfing can be had at Dalmore beach - this is one of the most famous in Lewis, reached by a right-turn as you enter the village of Carloway. In certain conditions the thundering breakers at Dalmore can be heard at Shawbost itself. Almost as attractive is the smaller, more secluded bay at Dalbeag. Trout fishing is abundant on Lewis - and free in almost every instance; boat or game-fishing can be had by arrangement.
Local amenities include Shawbost Free Church, to which most villagers still adhere - there are services at 12 noon and 6 pm each Sunday, the morning service being usually bilingual and that at night in English. Shawbost Post Office sells a few very basic goods; there is a more substantial shop off the main road at South Bragar, and an excellent one at Barvas, the Welcome In Filling Station.
The whole locality is rich in wildlife - red-throated divers nest on Loch a Bhaile; skylarks trill and snipe flutter; through June and July, the corncrakes boom, and you might even see an otter.
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7 Sep 2014
"Lovely stay, we will be back!"
Loved the chalet and Lewis. Rhoda and Neil were great hosts, made us feel at home right away. Weather was great, a mix of everything except snow! Lots of things to see.
We have already booked a return in April!
3 Sep 2014
"A gem of a find - couldn't be better"
I went seeking peace, quiet, tranquility. Got that and more. Wonderful location. Amazing welcome from Rhoda. Kabuis Chalet is beautiful, warm, and well equipped - everything you could want and more. M… More
15 Jun 2014
"A fantastic Holiday Experience"
On arrival at our holiday destination we were warmly greeted by Rhoda and Neil with a cup of tea, some delicious home baking and a nice chat about the surrounding area. We immediately felt at home . O… More
9 Oct 2013
"You won't be disappointed"
Rhoda & Neil have pulled out all the stops to make this as comfortable as you would possibly wish for and everything you would ever need is in the chalet they were both extremely friendly and would do there utmost to help in any way possible. The chalet is also situated in an excellent location in the centre of the east coast of Lewis, we were able to make it down to the bottom of Harris and took in lots of sights in the space of one day. So if your having a dilemma picking a holiday destination I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Kabuis chalet
5 Oct 2013
"A very warm and welcoming home from home"
A very warm welcome greeted my wife and I as we arrived at the chalet. Rhoda and Neil went out of their way to make us feel truly welcome. Upon arrival there were fresh flowers, fruit and wonderful Sa… More
7 Aug 2013
"A home from home without the hustle bustle"
We had a fantastic trip to Lewis with our two small children and were welcomed to Kabuis holiday Chalet by the lovely owners Rhoda and Neil who made us feel very welcome and spoiled us with home baking, fruit, flowers and some fresh salmon. The Chalet is a real home from home it is comfortable, welcoming with luxury bedding and towels and all the kitchen equipment you could imagine, it even has a washing machine (a bonus going home with no laundry!) We were blessed with great weather towards the end of our week, and could have been on a Caribbean island. I would thoroughly recommend this wee treasure of a chalet to anyone thinking of traveling to Lewis. My only regret is we didn't stay longer! Thanks too for returning the few small things we left behind
20 May 2013
"Good quality, relaxing self catering"
This is a stylish and comfortable unit. A purpose designed chalet, with high quality fixtures and fittings made staying there a delight, we were greeted by the owner who lives near-by. She also kindly… More
21 Apr 2013
"Wonderful location and welcome"
We received a wonderful welcome, with treats ready in the fridge. The location was excellent for our needs and Rhoda and Neil we welcoming and always ready to help. Would have not the slightest hesitation in returning or in recommending them to others.
Sincere thanks and we know you will be back, will look forward to your return.
Lots of love Rhoda & Neil
19 Apr 2013
"Good chalet & value for money"
Generous&hospitable owners who made sure my stay was comforable & that I had all I needed. Inside Kabuis is well-appointed, clean and well-maintained, and for 395 pounds for the week I really couldn't have asked for better value. the chalet being more isolated would've been my preference, but the property ticked many boxes for me including wooden floorboards & not far from a scenic (small) patch of beach.
Blair arrived here, no car, after all he was visiting fom Australia, why come to the West Side of Lewis without a car, he did not drive, so he may have been best staying in Stornoway in a B & B, however this is what he chose.I went to the effort of taking him all around the scenic routes, Dalbeg Beach, Dalmore Beach, Black House Village, Broch at Dun Carloway, the village of Tolsta Chaolais, Invited him for lunch at Callanish Standing Stones, a walk around the Stones and then to Stornoway. He could never have done all this in one week by bus. I certainly went out of my way for Blair to enjoy Lewis Scenes and hospitality. I may add all at my expense, so just to get a good on Trip Advisor was not that great for us. The rest is great and that is not us going out of our way.
16 Apr 2013
"well worth a visit"
very warm welcome from rhoda and neil with a cup of tea and home made cake on arrival.
lovely welcome pack in fridge of salmon.
lovely 2 bedroom accomodation slept the 4 of us very comfortably and a well equiped kitchen with nice view out to the sea.
quiet location is good for beaches and local tourist attractions .
would definateley go back again
Our sincere thanks to you all for leaving the Chalet in pristine condition and pleased to note that you will be making a return visit. It was a pleasure to have dealt with you.
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